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10 Locals You Should be Following on Twitter

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If you’re already a regular twitter user, then chances are you’re following at least a few national celebrities. Maybe Tina Fey or Penn Jillette or even MC Hammer. But are you following any local celebrities? Do you get updates from the movers and shakers of Columbus who have adopted twitter as their latest communications tool? To help you get connected, we’ve put together a list of 10 locals that you should be following if you aren’t already.

Artie Isaac – Artie is the co-founder of Young Issac, a local creative advertising agency, and co-founder of SpeakerSite, an online resource for public speakers and event planners. Artie is also an adjunct instructor at OSU and CCAD and on the advisory board for Available Light [Theater].

Recent Tweet: Usually when I leave buildings, I take a deep breath and think “Wow. What a weird encounter.” In this weather, I can’t even take that breath 10:27 PM Jan 16th

Elizabeth Lessner – Liz is the go-to gal for all things related to young, energetic entrepreneurialism in Columbus. She’s the owner/co-owner of Betty’s, Surly Girl, Tip Top and Dirty Franks. She’s also the President of CORA and a board member of the Short North Business Association, just to name a few of her many civic leadership duties.

Recent Tweet: Dirty Frank’s Hot Dogs is now hiring! 10:34 AM Jan 25th

Pete McGinty – Pete is the Vice President of Marketing at Experience Columbus; the city’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. While traditionally more of an organization meant to draw new visitors to our city, Experience Columbus has launched new efforts at keeping locals feeling connected to Columbus.

Recent Tweet: Just had a great lunch with Mike Brown at Tip Top. The spinach salad with a scoop of tuna salad – the best! 1:47 PM Dec 9th

Ken Blackwell – Technically, Ken’s location on his Twitter page lists his hometown of Cincinnati, but a lot of his political career comes from time spent in Columbus as the previous Ohio Secretary of State. Ken also ran for Governor of Ohio in 2006, and is currently running for Chair of the Republican National Committee.

Recent Tweet: Apparently, I am such a new media ninja that Facebook will not allow me to add more friends beyond 5000. 8:47 PM Jan 21st

Andrea Cambern – Andrea anchors the evening and nightly local news on WBNS 10TV and has been one of Central Ohio’s most recognizable newscasters for nearly 20 years. Andrea serves on multiple boards of local organizations with an emphasis on health, wellness, and medical research, and lives in German Village.

Recent Tweet: Did anyone hear Kurt’s stomache growl???? The audio guys certainly did! 6:21PM Jan 22nd

Mary Jo Kilroy – Mary Jo was just elected to the US House of Reps after a very tight race against Steve Stivers. Mary Jo represents Ohio’s 15th District, which includes most of the western half of Columbus and Franklin County. Mary Jo was previously a Franklin County Commissioner and a Board Member of Columbus City Schools.

Recent Tweet: Very excited that ballots are being counted at the Board of Elections today. 12:51 PM Dec 6th

Monica Day – Monica is a local traffic news reporter for WCMH NBC4 who’s broadcasts can be seen every weekday morning. She was also recently crowned Miss Ohio USA 2008 and went on to win the Miss Congeniality title in the Miss USA Pageant. Monica also serves on the Advisory Board for the upcoming 614 Magazine.

Recent Tweet: Has anyone ever been to Punxsutawney pa? Planning a trip for Groundhog Day and trying to figure out the bar/restaurant/entertainment angle 9:00 AM Jan 9th

Johnny DiLoretto – Johnny is the Entertainment & Food Critic for WTTE Fox 28, and can be seen every weekday morning on the Good Day Columbus segments. He previously worked as a film critic for The Other Paper. Johnny can also be found co-hosting “Cinema Classics”, a film commentary show featured on local radio station WCBE 90.5.

Recent Tweet: Word is I looked like a tool today w my turtleneck and T-shirt combo. 10:11 AM Jan 23rd

Diane Warren – Diane is the owner of Katzinger’s Delicatessen, a German Village institution for nearly 25 years. Diane provides both homemade sandwiches and speciality items at Katzingers, but also provides service to the entire independent restaurant community through her work as President of Dine Originals Columbus.

Recent Tweet: Trying to absorb this day. i’m exhilarated, enthralled, inspired and exhausted, happy and hopeful. plus this is my page – i should write 8:43 PM Jan 20th

John Angelo – John is the Executive Director of the Short North Business Association. The SNBA has been serving the Short North business community for over 20 years. Additionally, John has helped to create several new cultural events in the Short North in the past year including Art al Fresco and Highball Halloween.

Recent Tweet: HighBall a grand success! 1:45 PM Nov 1st

Who else do you think should be added to our list? Any suggestions?

Oh, and don’t forget… you can follow ColumbusUnderground via Twitter too.

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